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Remulla: Mall in Cavite temporarily closed for quarantine 'violations'

Quarantine protocols violations Trece Martires, Cavite

Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Friday announced the suspension of operations of a mall in Trece Martires for alleged violations of quarantine protocols.

In a Facebook post, Remulla said he had tasked some law enforcers to check the situation in SM City Trece Martires last July 22. He then received a video showing the supposed violation on the quarantine pass policy of the province.

Remulla said the quarantine passes are still being used in the province to limit the number of residents going out of their homes.

"FYI. Guidelines are meant to put order into controlling the pandemic situation. For those who think that the worst is over, you are mistaken. IT IS GOING TO GET WORSE before things get better," Remulla said.

Remulla said the mall would be closed until further notice.

"Collective responsibility means if we arrest the small people in the streets for face mask violation or public intoxication, then we should also close down the big malls if they violate the Q-Pass Policy set by the LGU," he noted.

"The rule applies to EVERYONE. We should be responsible for each other. We should look after the safety of one another," he added.

SM City statement

In statement, the SM City Trece Martires said it will comply with the executive order issued by the office of the Governor.

"Upon investigation, the said entrance has been determined as an isolated case as all other entrances strictly follow the Provincial EO No. 17. We will immediately discuss the corrective measures with the Local Government Unit so we can quickly re-open the mall to serve all our customers."

We seek the understanding of everyone at this time, the SM City Trece Martires said. —LBG, GMA News